Hamilton Tiger-Cats add bulk to offensive line

Where’s the beef? Look no farther than the offensive line of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The Canadian Football League team, now into a week of their 2006 training camp, have signed import offensive lineman Damion Cook. The National Football League experienced Cook is 6-5 and 320 pounds.

Cook, a product of Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida, comes to the Cats after NFL campaigns with the Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and, most recently, the Miami Dolphins. During his five year NFL stint, Cook played in 19 games and started six. Cook’s signing was one of two announced by the Black and Gold Tabbies. Import defensive back Antonio Thomas inked a contract, too.

“So far our camp has been very competitive all over the field,” said Ticats head coach Greg Marshall. “With Damion and Antonio coming into camp we expect that these additions will raise our level of play even higher.”

Thomas, a 6-2, 203 pound native of Louisville, Kentucky joins the Ticats after playing four seasons (2002-05) with the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers. During his collegiate career he recorded 245 tackles, 12 interceptions and broke up 17 passes. He was a two-time third-team All-American and earned first-team all-Gateway Football Conference accolades each of the last two seasons.

The Cats will likely trim their current 70-man camp roster on Monday, after assessing performances from their Black and Gold game this weekend. The Cats are using McMaster University as their training camp in preparation for the exhibition season. That kicks off on June 2, against the Argonauts in Toronto.